Kiely points Offaly to win
Offaly 1-20 Carlow 1-17
Offaly hurling received a timely shot in the arm as the Faithful County edged out hosts Carlow in this entertaining Round 2 tie at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
After a very even opening half the sides were tied 0-9 at the interval, having been level on six occasions. The game turned in Offaly's favour from the second half throw-in which they won and, following a brilliant four-man move, left half-forward John Murphy crashed the ball to the Carlow net.
Almost immediately Carlow were denied a goal through a save from the visiting 'keeper Eamonn Cleary.
Ciarán Whelan's goal on 50 minutes trimmed the Offaly lead to two points - 1-16 to 1-14 - and the game was up for grabs.
But Offaly saw the game out, with their outstanding performer on the day being right full-forward Cathal Kiely.
Scorers - Offaly: C Kiely 0-10 (8f); J Murphy 1-1; B Duignan 0-3; C Sampson, Langton, D Nally (1 '65) 0-2 each. Carlow: C Whelan 1-10 (6f, 3 '65s); J Nolan, D Tobin, J O'Neill, C Kavanagh, D Sheehan, O Ryan, R Joyce 0-1 each.
Offaly - E Cleary; R Hogan, R Ravenhill, S Beatty; C Burke, C Butler, C Doyle; D Nally, C Sampson; B Duignan, H Kealey, J Murphy; C Kiely, C Langton, J Keenaghan. Subs: C Ryan for Kealey (40); C Quinn for Keenaghan (40); L Kavanagh for Nally (47); D Maher for Doyle (55).
Carlow - J Kavanagh; D Connors, J Ryan, D Jordan; E Kavanagh, T Lawlor, E Holland; C Whelan, B Hickey; D Sheehan, J Nolan, D Tobin; R Whelan, C Kavanagh, J O'Neill. Subs: R Joyce for R Whelan (38); T Daly for Hickey (46); K Guidera for E Kavanagh (52); C Treacy for O'Neill (52); O Ryan for C Kavanagh (59).
Ref - M Murtagh (Westmeath)